The Game from Where I Stand: From Batting Practice to the Clubhouse to the Best Breakfast on the Road, an Inside View of a Ballplayer's Life (Paperback)

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The Game from Where I Stand: From Batting Practice to the Clubhouse to the Best Breakfast on the Road, an Inside View of a Ballplayer's Life (Paperback)


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Doug Glanville, a former major league outfielder and Ivy League graduate, draws on his nine seasons in the big leagues to reveal the human side of baseball and of the men who play it.

"Filled with sharp insights, keen observations, and great stories, his book is championship caliber." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

In The Game from Where I Stand, Glanville shows us how players prepare for games, deal with race and family issues, cope with streaks and slumps, respond to trades and injuries, and learn the joyful and painful lessons the game imparts. He also tells us with insight and humor what he learned from Jimmy Rollins, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling, and other legendary and controversial stars.

In his professional career, Glanville experienced every aspect of being a player—the first-round pick, the prospect, the disappointment, the can't-miss, the cornerstone, the veteran, the traded, the injured, the comeback kid. His eye-opening book gives fans a new level of understanding of day-to-day life in the big leagues.

Doug Glanville played outfield for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers from 1996 through 2004. From 2008 to 2010, he wrote an online column for The New York Times and provided baseball analysis for XM Radio. In the spring of 2010 he joined ESPN as a baseball analyst. He serves on the executive board of Athletes Against Drugs, and advises high school student athletes as a special consultant to the Baseball Factory. He lives with his family in Chicago.
Product Details ISBN: 9780312573096
ISBN-10: 031257309X
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 29th, 2011
Pages: 304
Language: English

“Doug Glanville was always different from other baseball players -- in a good way. . . . He was more like one of us (regular folks) than one of them (exalted athletes). He saw himself the way you would if you made the majors: full of self-awareness and humanity, traits that are otherwise in short supply in the VIP-treated, image-conscious world of pro sports.” —The Washington Post

“Doug Glanville is a salesman. The former Cub is selling two of the most vanishing commodities on the contemporary American slipscape -- empathetic insight and independent thought….It's an engaging and thoughtful detailing of the way a smart, feeling player processed and parried with the realities of megabyte-era Major League Baseball.” —Jim O'Donnell, Chicago Sun-Times

“Glanville has an effective knack for unveiling the usually untold story of the tricky balancing act of real life -- ill family members, love life, confidence issues, lifestyle choices, injuries -- most players are constantly engaged in with varying degrees of success. . . . Generous, perceptive, wise (he's a Penn graduate, after all) and thoughtful, Glanville further distinguishes his career with this rich and rewarding look back at it.” —Boston Herald

“Like a player peering from dugout steps, surveying the field and the game, Glanville has a wonderful vantage.” —Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Filled with sharp insights, keen observations, and great stories, his book is championship caliber.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Doug Glanville . . . is as adept at thinking and writing about baseball as he was at playing it.” —Men's Journal

The Game From Where I Stand. . . . is not just a riveting read; it's also a thoughtful and articulate examination of the game and the sometimes-fragile humans who play it.” —The Pennsylvania Gazette

“Glanville hits for the cycle with an elegantly written, up-close-and-personal, deliciously detailed, side-splitting and sad account of the day-to-day life of a journeyman ballplayer. . . . He reveals, as no one before has, what it's like to be a ‘boy of summer.'” —Tulsa World

The Game from Where I Stand is our must-read baseball book of 2010. . . . Glanville [offers] some of the most intelligent and insightful commentary on the game today.” —The Kansas City Star's "Ball Star" blog

The Game from Where I Stand is a book of uncommon grace and elegance. That alone makes it worth reading. But the lineage of the author Doug Glanville, a former major league baseball player with an Ivy League education, puts it in a class all its own. A book about baseball unlike any I have ever read, filled with insight and a certain kind of poetry in its spare and haunting prose.” —Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August

“Most fans know us only by what they see in the highlights on TV. But as Doug Glanville knows so well, being a professional athlete doesn't make us exempt from the world that exists outside the lines – we are very much a part of it, but we can't let it show. (That's not professional!) In this book Doug goes beyond the playing field to bring into view the full reality of being in the major leagues.” —Jimmy Rollins, Phillies, All-Star and former MVP of the National League

“When I was a teenager, Jim Brosnan's The Long Season changed the way I looked at baseball, but over the years I tended to read books by players and managers as studies in self-interest. Doug Glanville's book is different. The Game from Where I Stand is an honest, thoughtful, and insightful perspective on baseball, and Glanville's unadulterated respect for the sport and its people never wavers. This isn't good, it is brilliant.” —Peter Gammons

“Doug Glanville wants to tell fans about the texture of life--its stresses and pleasures--in the big leagues. Glanville, just your basic Ivy League-educated outfielder, has done fans a nifty favor.” —George F. Will

“I have known Doug Glanville for many years and always enjoyed competing against him. Doug was a great student of the game and someone who seemed to enjoy his playing career and took a lot from it. That is demonstrated in The Game from Where I Stand. Doug paints a very entertaining and accurate picture of the game that we love. This book will make you laugh and provides wonderful insights about our national pastime.” —Cal Ripken Jr. “I have been a major league manager for 11 years. I had the pleasure of managing Doug for 3 of those years in Philadelphia. Dougie was always extremely articulate and well spoken and it certainly comes across in his book. He was the smartest guy on our team, the most humble, and he could lay out base hits with anyone in the league! He was a joy to be around. As good as he was in center field I didn't doubt he would be even more successful off the field!” —Terry Francona

“Doug Glanville is as deep a thinker as any baseball player I've known. His insights about the game and the business are worth the attention of any baseball devotee.” —Michael Weiner, Union chief, MLBPA

“For anyone who loves to know what goes on behind-the-scenes in baseball, Doug's book is a front-row seat to all the action -- on the field, in the clubhouse, and the business side of the game.” —Allyne Price, Player Relations, MLBPA

“On a shelf cluttered with the boastful and self-seeking, Doug lifts the blanket concealing the true game and reveals an insight and perspective unlike any other you will find. Penetrating and honest, Doug takes you into the genuine, unveiling what few have the privilege to experience. A book both umpires and players can agree on.” —Mike DiMuro, MLB Umpire

“The Game from Where I Stand is a great book showing that professional athletes are human. It gives true perspective of a major leaguer mindset on and off the field during what is a grueling season.” —Derrek Lee, player - Baltimore Orioles

“The Game from Where I Stand is a "reality" book that shows that the glamorous perception of the job comes with a lot of responsibility, personal sacrifice and commitment, with no room for shortcuts. Doug is the right person to expose this side of the game.” —Edwin Rodriguez, manager, Florida Marlins

“As a former GM with nearly 20 years in MLB front offices, I have learned to consider every piece of information in order to build the best team possible. Doug offers tremendous insights about the game. Even more compelling is his ability to humanize his journey as a player. We all know that the game is not easy and that the players are human beings. This book illuminates many of the challenges, thrills and emotions involved in professional baseball.” —Padres Special Assistant to the GM, Josh Byrnes